Magnesium - A calming supplement for excitable Horses
horse owners use equine calming supplements containing
magnesium to calm their nervous, excitable, stressed,
or spooky horses - especially before competitions or during periods of
Some of the most popular of these equine feed supplements
contain magnesium which is known to calm the nervous and cardio-vascular
system and relax the muscles and help to manage frightened or unpredictable
behaviour or nervous habits such as
USING MAGNESIUM TO CALM A HORSE BEFORE A COMPETITION
Magnesium has been proven to be an effective and legal way to relax
and calm a horse before a competition, show or race and is used by National
Hunt, flat racing, dressage and show jumping yards.
owners who just want a quiet, happier ride out are also benefitting from
feeding magnesium as a supplement.
Magnesium has an important part to play part in muscle
and nerve and function.
Magnesium can calm the nervous and cardio-vascular systems and induces
SIGNS OF MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY
Horses and ponies that have a deficiency
in magnesium may show signs of nervousness, excitability and muscle shaking.
Some horses become especially "fresh" in the springtime.
The fast growth rate of grass in spring means that spring grazing has
an increased sugar content and is also often deficient in magnesium. As
a result many horses become much more excitable, some become almost unrideable
- feeding a horse feed supplement containing magnesium
can help to control this, but this should never be used in place of good
Stress in the horse, caused by training, travelling and equestrian
competition, can also cause a magnesium deficit and an excess
of calcium - this can result in excitability, tension and muscle cramps.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF MAGNESIUM SUPPLEMENTS FOR HORSES
The easiest form of magnesium as a supplement for horses
to absorb is magnesium oxide, however other forms are available - including
Magnesium Glutamate, Magnesium Aspartate, Calcium Magnesium (dolomite)
often referred to as CalMag and magnesium sulphate more commonly known
as Epsom salts.
Equine magnesium supplements come in several forms
including powders and pastes in syringes for quick and easing dosing.
When feeding a supplement always carefully follow the manufacturers
instructions to get the correct dose for your horse.
of feeding magnesium supplements to horses
- Calms nervous and excitable horses
- Relaxes muscles.
- Slows the
- Slows down the absorption of sugars in the digestive system.
- Can lessen the risk of Laminitis.
- Helps to reduce equine obesity
- NAF: Pink Powder
- NAF: Relax
- NAF: Thrive
- NAF: Easy Going & Tempralax
- Nupafeed Liquid Horse Calmer
Magnesium is seldom overdosed but over supplementation
can interfere with levels of potassium and sodium and although
excess magnesium will be passed in the urine some major overdoses
have been associated with renal and heart problems
Beware of Magnesium Sulphate , also known
as Epsom Salts, which is a water hungry form
of magnesium and will cause dehydration problems if fed for
more than three consecutive days.
Epsom salts, although cheap, are also best known as a laxative.
Give too much and your horse or pony will
A dose of Epsom Salts at anything more than one level tablespoon
a day per 100kg of a horse's bodyweight is likely to cause
Things to do before
feeding Magnesium to your horse or pony
Consider why you want to feed an equine calming supplement
to your horse.
If your horse or pony becomes
excitable take some time to analyse their feeding and work regimes.
Too much high protein or carbohydrate feeds such as oats and/or
not enough exercise can have disastrous consequences.
Too much new spring grass can also cause
fizziness in a horse or pony
- try restricting grazing if you think that it could be too
A nervous horse may need a quieter environment
- a busy stable yard with lots of noise can be unsettling
for even the most docile of animals.
Schooling and patience may sometimes be the best long term
answer to calming a "fizzy" horse.
Try riding out with an older, experienced calm companion
to settle a hyperactive horse.
If you think that your horse is deficient in magnesium
you can ask your vet to test a blood sample.
on feeding Magnesium
- Equine salt licks containing magnesium
herbs, vitamins and minerals
- Inositol - a B vitamin
- L Tryptophane - an amino acid
- St John's Wort (Hypericum)
- Chamomile (contains magnesium)
Advice about the benefits of feeding magnesium supplements to a horse or pony
as an equine calmer to calm an excitable horse in the stable or to ride at competitions